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International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

November 3-9, 2017
November 5-8, 2017



Opening Keynote

Charles W. Hull

Charles W. Hull
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
3D Systems

"3D Printing - Update and Future Direction"

Chuck Hull will take the audience through a historical journey of additive manufacturing and then set the stage for where the industry is headed by discussing innovative trends such as the shift to making 3D production real; precision metals in industries like aerospace and medical device manufacturing; and the future of impacting humanity with applications like bio printing.

Learn more about Chuck...

Chuck is the inventor of the solid imaging process known as stereolithography, the first commercial 3D printing technology. With the founding of 3D Systems in 1986, he initiated the 3D printing industry and continues to lead it today with cutting-edge innovations ranging from state-of-the-art production 3D printers that have changed the game in manufacturing to precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions, on-demand parts manufacturing services and digital design tools. He is a named inventor on 85 U.S. patents, plus numerous other patents around the world in the fields of ion optics and 3D printing.

In 2014, Chuck was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for his globally impactful and transformative work inventing and pioneering 3D printing. The same year, Chuck was the recipient of the European Patent Office's prestigious European Inventor Award in the non-European countries category for his contributions to technological progress and the advancement of society. In 2016, he received the Manufacturing Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award from Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, and ASME honored Chuck and named the SLA-1, the first commercial 3D printer, a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. He also received The Economist's prestigious 2013 Innovation Award, recognizing significant contributions across the fields of science and technology.

Prior to founding 3D Systems, Chuck served six years as vice president of engineering at UVP, Inc. in San Gabriel, Calif., a systems manufacturing company. Before that, he spent 10 years as an engineering manager at DuPont's Photo Products Division, concentrating on the development of analytical equipment for chemists, including mass spectrometer and GC/MS systems. Earlier in his career he was a senior engineer at Bell & Howell. Chuck received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado in 1961, an honorary doctorate in engineering from Loughborough University in the U.K. in 2005, and an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Colorado in 2016.

Closing Plenary Lunch

11:45am – 1:15pm
Ballroom B & C, Tampa Convention Center

Aaron Knobloch

Aaron Knobloch
Senior Scientist and Program Manager
General Electric Global Research Center (GRC)

Presentation Title: When Machines Find their Voice: Industrial Internet of Things & Digital Twin

The consumer digital revolution, big data, and an increasingly connected world is revolutionizing the way industrial hardware are maintained and optimized. The growing Industrial Internet of Things has given birth to Digital Twins; complex physics based models of an individual asset fed by continuous real-time sensor data. These dynamic models are personalized and customized based on the individual asset's experience and condition. This talk will walk through examples of the impact the digital world is making on the physical world of jet engines, wind turbines and locomotives as well the future directions for this technology.

Dr. Aaron Knobloch is a Senior Scientist and Program Manager at General Electric's Global Research Center (GRC). For 14 years at GE, his research has focused on the development of novel sensors and packaging to enable measurements in high temperature and other harsh environments. These sensors enable improved control and monitoring of jet engines, land based gas turbines, oil and gas exploration and electric vehicles. In addition, Dr. Knobloch manages and directs GRC's research portfolio in control and electrical systems for the Aviation business. Prior to arriving at GE, Dr. Knobloch studied Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University graduating with honors in 1998. He went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. in the same discipline in 2002 and 2003 respectively from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Knobloch holds 15 granted or allowed patents with more than 13 other patents pending and is the author of 40 peer reviewed conference papers and journal articles. Dr. Knobloch has successfully written and led government sponsored research programs for DARPA, Department of Energy, NASA, DoD, Department of Homeland Security, and ARPA-e. Dr. Knobloch is an American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) fellow, member of IEEE, and winner of the 2016 IEEE Control System Technology Award.